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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Social Studies Questions

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Grade 8 US Government
Checks and balances help to...
  1. elect better presidents.
  2. pass laws more quickly.
  3. pay members of Congress.
  4. control the use of power.
Grade 8 Early National Era
Who was the president who made the Louisiana Purchase?
  1. George Washington
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. John Adams
Grade 8 Exploration
Who was the first explorer to attempt to circumnavigate the globe?
  1. Hernando de Soto
  2. Curious George
  3. Vasco da Gama
  4. Ferdinand Magellan
Grade 8 Great Depression
Which financial reform act was passed in response to the Wall Street Crash and subsequent Great Depression?
  1. Social Security Act
  2. Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  3. Federal Reserve Act of 1913
  4. Wagner Act
Grade 8 Early National Era
Grade 8 US History
Which branch of the U.S. government is responsible for making and passing laws?
  1. Executive branch
  2. Judicial branch
  3. Legislative branch
  4. Administrative branch
Grade 8 Early National Era
Grade 8 Civil War
The Republican Party was founded in part due to the failure of which compromise meant to avert a civil war?
  1. Missouri Compromise
  2. Kansas Nebraska Act
  3. Compromise of 1850
  4. Grand Compromise
Grade 8 Early National Era
Which French leader sold the Louisiana territory?
  1. Louis XVI
  2. Charles X
  3. Napoleon I
  4. Louis Napoleon
Grade 8 US History
Grade 8 Asian Geography
Grade 8 Colonial Period
What historical figure is often criticized for his treatment of Indigenous peoples in the Americas?
  1. Christopher Columbus
  2. George Washington
  3. Benjamin Franklin
  4. Thomas Jefferson
Grade 8 The Frontier
What did members of The Donner Party resort to for survival during the winter?
  1. Hunting wild game
  2. Eating their pack animals
  3. Cannibalism
  4. Trading with nearby Native American tribes
Grade 8 Great Depression
Which group of people was particularly hard-hit by the Wall Street Crash and its aftermath?
  1. Wealthy investors
  2. Middle-class workers
  3. Farmers
  4. Government officials
Grade 8 The Frontier
Who were the members of The Donner Party?
  1. A group of gold miners
  2. Pioneers traveling westward in wagon trains
  3. Early American settlers in the Midwest
  4. Native American tribes in California
Grade 8 Modern Era
Grade 8 Exploration
Who was the French explorer that explored the St. Lawrence region of Canada?
  1. Jacques Cartier
  2. Giovanni Verrazano
  3. Henando de Soto
  4. Samuel de Champlain
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